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Avalon: "The Best in the Caribbean", Mar, 2019,

by DONALD MCCOY, OR, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 10878 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Our greeting by the crew was very friendly as we boarded the boat. Since we were the first on board, we could choose our own room, but most of the rooms are the same, so it really didn’t matter. The rooms had a double bed below and a single above. The beds were a little cramped even for us. We are 5’4 and 5’2. One of the Germans on board was 6’4 and I don’t know how he did it. The toilets were marginal. You couldn’t put your toilet paper in the bowl (normal for a lot of boats), but often you had to flush it 4-5 times before it would flush. Kind of made you worry about overflowing.

The food was great. They tried to accommodate my lactose intolerance and my wife’s vegetarian diet and succeeded most of the time. There were usually several choices of meat and we got lobster quite often. I heard that there is a lobster farm, so that made me feel better about eating them. A famous saying in Cuba is that beef is for the young, the old and tourists. There was plenty of beef served, along with chicken and pork.

The Caribbean is a long way from Portland, Oregon. It takes a day to get there and the diving has to be pretty good for me to go back. We were there two years ago and came back because of the diving. One lecture on board (a requirement for “People to People”) mentioned that most of the Caribbean life is only 17-18% of what it was. Because of the protection, the Garden of the Queens is about 50% of what it was. They blame overfishing and pollution on most of the degradation. Since the Garden of the Queens is 50 miles offshore and fishing is restricted to catch and release, they have been able to protect that resource. In addition, they restrict diving to 1000 divers a year. They have noticed a reduction in US divers in the last two years as travel to Cuba has become more restricted.

I saw Caribbean Reef Sharks on most dives and often saw Silky Sharks under the boat. We saw Tarpon in many places and many schools of Snappers of different varieties. The Groupers were impressive and we did see one Goliath Grouper who followed us around the whole dive. I did REEF surveys on all the dives and saw between 20-40 species on a dive. Overall, the diving was as good as I remember it. The divemaster (Yordy) spoke very good English, helped me to find critters I may not have seen otherwise and was especially helpful to the one photographer in our group.
Websites Avalon   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Canada, Washington State, Sea of Cortez, Cocos, Socorro, Dominica, Cayman, Belize, South Carolina, Hawaii, Indonesia, Palau, Cuba
Closest Airport Santa Clara Getting There From Portland, OR we had to fly through Ft Worth, stay overnight in Miami and fly the next day to Santa Clara. Two years ago, I felt better received in Havana. They grilled me in Santa Clara wanting to know where I was staying and on the way out, took my shave cream and razor.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 81-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We always had a dive guide with us and most of us were done in an hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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